Logan Paul Paid $ 3.5 Million For Pokemon Cards And It Looks To Be Fake

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Vice – Last month Logan Paul, a huge Pokémon fan, boxer, and semi-retired YouTuber who did questionable things for the vlog, was very happy to acquire a case of six Pokémon First Edition Base Set card booster packs for 3 , $ 5 million. This was a holy grail-type purchase: For years, the Pokémon fan community has wondered if any unopened, undiscovered cases like this still exist.

It turns out that maybe it didn’t exist after all.

According to an extremely in-depth investigation by Pokémon fan news site PokeBeach, there were several clues to the Pokémon fan community that this set may be inauthentic. Paul finally bought the cards after a series of sales last year. The case originally appeared on eBay in March 2021, when the Pokémon card market was hotter than ever. And yet the seller, number1pokemonmaster, chose to sell on eBay rather than Sothebys or some other high-profile auction house (eBay is fine, but it’s rare for a collector’s item worth literally millions of dollars to be sold there. , as PokeBeach points out.)

Talk about a kick in the dick.

Three and a half is a lot of dollars to pay for Japanese cartoon cards. I don’t care if this is a first run, one of a kind or otherwise. And that is if they are real.

These are probably not even real and it looks like Logan was taken to the cleaner by a fully professional con artist.

First of all, I didn’t even know eBay auctions were allowed to go that high.

Second, isn’t the numero uno rule when buying something from eBay, not a pack of counterfeit iPhone chargers, to check seller feedback history?

number1pokemonmaster has had very little feedback and their account is apparently not active at all. The seller had three different stories as to where he got the cards: from an old woman’s real estate sale in Canada, for her 12th birthday, and abandoned in an attic. The box was initially sold to the highest bidder for $ 72,500, but the deal fell through when the seller refused to allow the buyer to inspect the cards himself. And the box was authenticated by a company called Baseball Card Exchange, which has no expertise in Pokémon cards.

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Also, if you are spending that much money on something, aren’t you asking for verified information or documents of authenticity? At the very least, inspect the pictures and verify the serial numbers?

Perhaps the most damning evidence presented by PokeBeach was that the barcode on the box did not match the code on the printed product. The label is also not faded, as labels made in the 90s by card maker Wizards of the Coast typically are.

I do not in any way call Logan Paul an idiot. The guy made more money than I’ll ever make and continues to prove himself as a marketing machine. I actually met him this summer at my Cleveland FWD house, and he and his dad were both surprisingly very nice and cordial guys. But I call his financial advisor a fool. The guy / girl he trusts to protect his money has let him fall in love with it.

If those red flags weren’t big enough, this one certainly should have aroused suspicion.

The fact that he was even on eBay was suspect: selling an item of such value outside of an auction house, then mailing it to buyer for $ 30 via Canada Post, were other red flags.

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